While my Internship only lasted for mid-May through June 2010, I feel like I got a good idea of what it is like to work in all aspects of the Commercial Service. While here I worked on a wide variety of projects ranging preparation for trade fairs and presentation, to arranging one –on-one meeting between Romanian and American companies.
This Internship was very useful in that it allowed me, not only to apply concepts that I have learned in the class room, but also to gain knowledge about the Romanian market. This was due to the fact that I was able to participate in the publication of market sector, and export success reports on a variety of industries. Through this, I was able to further my understanding of or one of my areas of special interest, the Eastern European Infrastructure market.
The staff at the commercial service is made up of consummate professionals. I was one of the youngest interns they have ever had, but I never felt as if anyone held that against me. In fact, I feel like many of them took me under their wing and really showed me the ropes. Spending my summer brake here definitely improved my professional and networking skills.
My time at CS Bucharest also allowed me to have the amazing experience of living in Romania for the time I was here. Romania is a very friendly country, and life in the capital city is quite pleasant, and I will miss the country now that it is time to go.
I originally chose to apply for this internship, as I felt it would give me well-rounded experience in my specific field of interest. It definitely did not disappoint. I would recommend this Internship to anyone interested in perusing a career in the field International Business, or Economics in Eastern Europe. The Internship has a good deal of public relations value as well.
As the Embassy is moving to a different office, there is some question as there will be a spot for an Intern in the new office. I hope the program continues so that many other after me can have the experience. It is time well spent.